We are very much looking forward to an upcoming lecture at Phoenix’s Pueblo Grande Museum. Information below:
Guest speaker: Allen Dart
Topic: Archaeology and Cultures of Arizona
Join Pueblo Grande Museum and Allen Dart of Old Pueblo Archaeology Center for a presentation on “Archaeology and Cultures of Arizona”. Many different peoples have contributed to making Arizona such a unique and fascinating cultural place. Mr. Dart summarizes and interprets the archaeology of Arizona from the earliest “Paleoindians” through Archaic period hunters and foragers, the transition to true village life, and the later prehistoric archaeological cultures (Puebloan, Mogollon, Sinagua, Hohokam, Salado, and Patayan). He also discusses connections between archaeology and history, and provides an overview of the Native American, European, Mexican, African, and Asian peoples who have contributed to the Southwest’s more recent history. This free program is sponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council and open to the public. Donations are welcome.
source: October 2013 Calendar of Events – Official Site of the City of Phoenix
These ruins are a hilltop fortification near the town of Gisela, Arizona. The ruins are composed of a main circle surrounded by quite a few individual rooms. This is a common configuration for Southwestern native societies, with daily activities occurring in a central, communal area and rooms being primarily used for sleep and storage. Many of the walls were still at chest height. The location seemed to be a good choice, with a commanding view of the surrounding area and an accessible water source.
This ruin was made even more exciting by the discovery of a grinding stone among the rooms.
Included in this gallery are 3 panoramas and 33 regular images of the ruin.
These petroglyphs were spotted up a dry wash, not far from the Holbert Trail and the first parking lot after entering South Mountain Park. A short hike will bring you to some great petroglyphs, showing “pipettes”, big horn ram, lizards, humans, and more.
Coordinates: N33 20.882 W112 04.331
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Painted Rocks is a collection of hundreds of ancient petroglyphs in Maricopa County, Arizona near the town of Theba. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The petroglyphs are located within the Painted Rock Petroglyph Site which includes an improved campground as well as an informative walking trail showcasing the petroglyphs. The site is operated and maintained by the United States Bureau of Land Management.
An awe-inspiring sight, petroglyphs etched in multiple styles across thousands of years completely cover the North-East side of a pile of boulders. This is an interesting juxtaposition to the South-East side, which is almost entirely empty of rock art.
This large boulder, covered in petroglyphs, is easily accessible from the Pima Canyon Entrance to South Mountain Park. It can be found by parking at the end of East Pima Canyon road and taking the Desert Classic Trail south for a couple hundred feet.
The boulder has a wide variety of geometric and anthropomorphic shapes competing for space. In the center, a vertical, three-tiered structure points to a spiral pattern at the very top.
Coordinates: 33.361694, -111.984469
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Henry D. Wallace, Desert Archaeology, Inc. – As a result of refined ceramic dating, we now know that a host of major changes in styles of decoration, and the appearance of new ceremonies, ritual architecture, and ballcourts with raised embankments, show up in what was likely an ethnically diverse range of populations all across southern and central Arizona within the span of a generation around A.D. 800. Discussed here is how this came about through a revitalization movement and the creation of sodalities that bound the region together with a common ideology and ritual framework, fostering economic interrelationships and population growth.
These petroglyphs were found after walking up a large wash next to the Heard Scout Pueblo. It was a difficult hike, as opposed to taking the trail, but the reward was worth it. A large amount of petroglyphs could be seen on the walls of the wash. Clearly this was once a spot where, at one time, both people and animals congregated regularly to take advantage of a water source.
Stay tuned for more posts featuring the petroglyphs in South Mountain Park.
Both photos and longitude/latitude coordinates are provided, with a Google Map at the bottom.
Coordinates: N 33 21.564′ W 112 02.586′
Coordinates: N 33 21.449′ W 112 02.569′
Coordinates: N 33 21.393 W 112 02.514
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Arizona Scitech Festival Evening Lecture at Pueblo Grande Museum
February 21, 2013
6 pm – 7 pm
Jacob Butler, Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community
Jacob Butler, of the SRPMIC, will discuss traditional desert agriculture used by native peoples of Arizona. This type of agriculture encompasses how the native peoples cultivated foods in the field and managed food staples in both desert and riparian ecosystems.
PUEBLO GRANDE MUSEUM 4619 E. WASHINGTON ST. PHOENIX, AZ 85034 602-495-0901
This book has information about 21 different Indian ruins in Arizona, all of which are said to be less well-known. Although the version on Google Books has some pages left out, several chapters are available. Each chapter includes both longitude/latitude coordinates and maps.
Hiking Ruins Seldom Seen
In addition, here is the book’s website.
Here’s a few photos from Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park, located in Globe, AZ. Besh-Ba-Gowah park contains the ruins of a portion of the Salado community which once occupied the area about 700-800 years ago. (The park is about a quarter of the original settlement, the rest of which is now developed) There is a trail throughout the ruins, many of which are heavily reconstructed. The park also has an ethnobotanical garden, demonstrating what the people who once lived here ate and how it influenced their existence.